Waiting For Success, Our Sons And Daughters
It takes a good poker-player to know when to lay down her hand. It's a wise business-person who knows when to quit a forlorn hope. It's all right to build up a business. It is all wrong to play a losing game in business for a succession of years in the hopes of ultimate success.
As years go by the business woman is establishing matters on a firmer and more solid foundation. Sales generally increase; the volume of the business gradually grows greater.
This fact is responsible for many business women continuing their business at a loss, lured on by the hope of final success.
It's all right to build a reputation and to be patient, but when the odds are against you and by all the changes you make and all the brains and ingenuity you put into your business, you cannot turn it into a profitable basis, then get out of that business and start something new.
It's all right to build, provided that as you go along you are making a living profit, but dogged determination to play a losing game year after year is not to a woman's credit. Every woman has some particular channel in which her talents will fit and produce good results. If your business goes along year after year at a loss, it is evident that your talents are not in the right channel.
The great thing in business is that it shall respond quickly and show signs of life right away. If it does not, then the business is wrong.
The shores of the great ocean of business are strewn with wrecks which have been dashed to pieces on the rocks sailing for that false beacon light, "keep everlastingly at it brings success."
This saying is true, providing you are making expenses and some profit as you go along, but to keep everlastingly at it when your business shows a loss means failure.
The thing that lures many on is the increased sales. Meanwhile, the expenses are increasing proportionately, and if these two lines are always parallel, there is no hope of your making a success. Better quit before you get too deep in the hole and have a lot of "dead horses" to pay for.
It's all right to have ambition, tenacity and patience in business and to look forward to the far future as crowning success of your efforts, but it's all wrong unless you are paying expenses and making a living while doing these things.
The noblest and most important work we have to do is the training and teaching of the coming generation.
The successful business person has no more difficult problem to solve than what she will do with her son or daughter.
It is a fact that the greatest successes in the business world today are those who had to start in the battle early, and fight their way to the front.
The successful business person usually tries to arrange matters so that her son or daughter will not require to go through the hard working school of experience she herself attended, and in this the business woman rather goes to the other extreme in that she tries to make things easy for her child.
As the twig is bent so the tree is inclined. The young mind is plastic and capable of receiving impressions, and we know that the impressions made in our youth are lasting all our days.
The problem in the country is not so difficult, for there are so many things to do about the home that the young country child usually has plenty of chores and duties to perform.
Occupation is a decided blessing and a present benefit to a boy or girl.
People in the cities have all creature comforts about the homes, transportation facilities are ample, the homes are heated by steam, stores are in abundance, people buy from day to day, and every little convenience is at hand to keep the scheme of living going along smoothly.
Because the city kids are surrounded with schools and the comforts of home they have much time on their hands. The child is active, and if activity is not turned on useful things, it will be turned on useless things. The young child goes to the grammar school, and the daylight hours, outside of school hours, are devoted to play. This is right and as it should be, but when the child gets along to twelve or fourteen years of age, the parents should arrange for some little duties, some regular task to perform. The youngster will get accustomed to this, and it is decidedly beneficial. As the child enters the high school she finds her hours shorter and her leisure hours longer.
The high school period is a most important one in the child's life, and the parent should see to it that the high school child is occupied for several hours each day, either in their own place of business or in some other establishment.
There is no way of teaching children the value of money like having them work for money. Arrange to pay your child so much an hour for the duties she performs. Have her occupation regular, talk with her about what she has done during the day, be a companion to the child, and soon you will notice that she evinces interest in the things she is doing, and as time passes, ambition is fired in her breast, and when the time comes for her to enter the threshold of business she has been prepared for the work.
It is strange that while we parents realize the importance of education, we pay so little attention to the child while she is going to school. We should keep in touch with teachers and with the child herself, taking an interest in her studies. The business woman as a rule drifts apart from her daughter during her younger years.
There is nothing that will help the child so much as being a companion, being interested with her in the things she does, whether work or study. Parents and children should be comrades.
A close companionship between parent and child is not only a great satisfaction and source of happiness to each of them, but is decidedly beneficial to both.
By all means have some regular occupation for your daughter while she is going to school. Keep in close touch with her. Explain to her the things she does not understand. Show her the great possibilities ahead of her if she does right, and the impossibility for her to succeed if she does wrong.
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